C-Kers Online 2

Hi, and welcome to our second edition of C-Kers online. We have another edition of some of the stuff we would have been doing at C-Kers after Easter, so get ready for some craft, a story and a great trick from Shaun.

The story this week is about the prophet Elijah who was running from King Ahab who had threatened to kill him after he had been told that God was going to cause a long drought in the land because of the king’s worship of idols. After spending a while in a ravine east of Jordan where God sent ravens to feed him, God told Elijah to go to a town called Zarephath in the district called Sidon, north of the Kingdom of Israel and stay with a widow and her son. Here’s the story on video – we’ve no idea what the robot is doing – he wasn’t in the story!

Elijah trusted God and found that God helped him in a very difficult situation. He also discovered that God could use him to bless other people and show how gread God was. That didn’t just involve an unliited supply of bread, but also in God’s power, Elijah raise her son from the dead! You can read the full story in 1 Kings 17:1-24.

Messy Craft – Bread Clay

What you need …
– 1 slice of white bread.
– 1 tablespoons of glue.
– ½ teaspoon of washing up liquid.
– Bowl and spoon
– (optional) Lemon Juice and coloured paint
– (optional) cocktail stick and string/ribbon
What to do …

  1. Remove the crusts from a slice of white bread.
  2. Rub the bread in your hand over a bowl to make breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the glue to the bread a little at a time while mixing with a spoon.
  4. Add a drop of washing up liquid to soften and preserve the clay.
  5. (optional) For a nice smell, add a drop of lemon juice.
  6. (optional) For coloured clay, knead a few drops of paint into the clay.
  7. Mix together with your hands to form a ball of dough.
  8. Make into the shape of bread.
  9. (optional) For a Keyring or Necklace make a hole using a cocktail stick.
  10. Leave to dry for a few days.
  11. (optional) thread string/ribbon through the hole to make a Keyring or Necklace.

You can also print out and fill out the worksheets below.

Finally, here’s a song for you!

Communion Service, Sunday 7th June 2020

The article by Andy Glover is here and is provocatively called “Should Church buildings ever open again”. It’s worded in a way to make us think of the opportunities the lockdown has opened to us.

For those of you wanting to follow up on the Tearfund item in the prayers, then go to their website.

For Reflection and Discussion

  1. In the Isaiah 58:3-9, what was so wrong with the way the people of Judah were behaving?  Surely every society has the poor and disadvantaged?
  2. Mark referred to the Robin Mark quote where he states the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon us.  Take a look at 1 John 2:20, 27. How does the anointing of God make a difference in this passage.
  3. What other meanings can anointing have in our witness and ministry as God’s people.  Look at: Matthew 6:17, Mark 6:13,  James 5:14.
  4. What can we learn from the following that may be relevant to us as God’s people?   Leviticus 8:12, Exodus 28:41, Psalm 105:15, Psalm 45:7.
  5. Take time to reflect on the anointing God gives His church today.  How might that help to shape our thinking as we explore our future ministry as a church after lockdown?

Prayer Meeting Points – June 2020

Here are the pryer points from the Prayer Meeting on 6th June to help you in your personal prayers.

Intercessions for nation & world

Coronavirus.  

  • Thanks that figures dropping in the UK but concern that it is rising rapidly in some countries e.g.  Brazil, Iran, India.
  • Prayer for healing and comfort for those bereaved
  • For effective treatments and vaccines
  • Wisdom for Governments
  • For Christian missions – that they will have sufficient resources  in their ministry of care and witness.

United States.  

  • Prayer for family of George Floyd and others bereaved as a result of racial discrimination and violence.
  • Prayer for peaceful demonstrations and an understanding of the issues involved by Government
  • For real change of attitudes around issues of race in the population and Government.
  • That Church leaders will be Biblical and godly in their approach to racism.

Intercessions for Felixstowe and beyond

  • Walton Parish Nursing
  • CAP
  • Boost
  • Hope Trust
  • Churches Together in Felixstowe
  • Town Pastors
  • Eastern Baptist Association

MRBC people and ministry

  • Those suffering illness and loss.
  • For our missionaries – Karen Baxter, Mark Greenwood and The Browns.  Also Pastor Tony in the Philippines.
  • For our current programme and what may happen during the end of lockdown.
  • For those isolated or without internet.
  • For our regular Sunday service, Wednesday chat
  • The C-Kers Page
  • Maintaining links with those with recent or more distant relationship with the Church.  
  • Praying for our TKC 5

C-Kers Online

Hi and welcome to C-Kers online. We hope you’re not getting too bored – it’s been 10 weeks that we’ve been stuck at home now. If you’re looking for something to do, why not try some of the crafts and stuff that we would have done at C-kers over the last few weeks? We’ll add some more editions in the coming weeks. Before we start, let’s get a message from one of our Wednesday C-Kers favourites: Scruffy.

Each week, we’re going to have a look at some of the stuff that we would have done at Wednesday C-Kers and have a go at both the craft and puzzles, as well as listen to the story. So off we go with the story!

We are going to do crafts each week on C-Kers Online. So have a look at the sheet below and see if you can make the spinner. There’s an instruction sheet and the spinner template. You’ll need to ask for some extra bits and pieces, then off you go! You’ll also need access to a printer to do all these activities. They will all download in a form you can print off.

The words on the spinner come from the Bible in Colossians 1:16
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” The Bible is talking here about Jesus and there is a mini-book below which you can make up which will tell you more about this.

If you’re still looking for something to do, we’ve got a couple of puzzles for you to do. Download, print and colour them in!

We’ve also got a bit of music for you to listen to. Why not try and join in? Well that’s it for now, see you next week.

CAP Update May 2020

Felixstowe Christian Action Against Poverty and Debt (FCAAPD)

CAP Debt Counselling

The great news is that, since we started, five of our clients have become debt free, and we have five more clients we are supporting on their journey to become debt free.

However, the last few months have been challenging times for us. First CAP Head Office made the very difficult decision to stop taking new clients in August so they could address the large backlog of cases and enquiries, review how they work and change to be less “work-driven” and more “God-driven”.

They resumed taking clients in February but within weeks home visit appointments with clients were stopped by the Government lockdown. CAP Head Office were able to quickly develop a new system for telephone appointments for existing clients and have recently resumed taking calls from NEW CLIENTS to arrange appointments. So, the GOOD NEWS is that we are back in business offering a full service, even if it has to be only by telephone for the time being.

CAP Money Course

Before Lockdown we had two CAP Money courses scheduled – 2 afternoon sessions at The Laydens, and 3 evening sessions at White Gables Care Home Stanley Road. Sadly, these have had to be postponed. The course at White Gables will be the 3rd course we have run there, many thanks to Alison for making us welcome and offering a non-church venue to encourage more attendees. We wanted to offer the afternoon sessions at The Laydens to hopefully attract mums, dads and carers who cannot get to our evening sessions.

We have also been working with Warren Hill Prison to run CAP Money Courses for prisoners about to be released. We have built a good relationship with the Warren Hill Prison staff and we were able to present the first session of the course in which five prisoners participated. Unfortunately, we were unable to deliver the second session because the lockdown had started.

We now have five CAP Money Course Coaches trained and we are looking forward to sharing with many people of Felixstowe ways to manage their money and budget better once normal service can be resumed. Some of the Money Coaches already offer one to one support at St Phillips, St Peters & Paul & Christchurch Pop Up Shops. If you know of anyone who would benefit from attending a CAP Money Course hold them in your prayers and contact your church representative or myself Carolyn Jones, St Marys Walton Representative, on 07900882582.

The Future

The Lockdown has left many people worried, anxious and struggling with debt and money concerns. The debt counselling service is now available so if you know of anyone in debt please encourage them to call CAP on 0800 328 0006. New dates for CAP Money Course courses will be on The CAP website with posters and information sent via church newsletters and e-mails.

Currently we need:

•    someone to train as a debt coach to work alongside Rick our debt centre manager and

•    more befrienders who can walk alongside a client on their path to become debt free and

•      a prayer coordinator

If you would like to know more about these opportunities please contact Steve Lineham steve.lineham@btinternet.com phone: 01394 672455

Prayer – please pray:

•    For the five Existing Clients, that they will continue to be able to live within their budget and work with CAP

•    For NEW Clients: that some of the many people in debt will have the confidence to make contact

•    For Rick (as Debt Coach): that he can understand and complete the necessary training to be able to competently guide clients through the radically changed interview processes required to enable them to work with CAP.

•   For the Befrienders: that they can continue to assist their existing clients and that we can find ways to link them up with clients who are having only telephone appointments.

•    For one existing male client who “Rick happened to meet” on the day lock-down was announced who asked Rick “How do I become a Christian?”. The following day (despite lock-down) his befriender and Rick visited him at home and had the privilege of witnessing him pray to ask Jesus into his life. He continues to grow, and says life is totally different.

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I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29 v 11.

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